Is Breast Augmentation Safe?

There are plenty of myths and negative stigma surrounding cosmetic procedures. Those who may be considering a cosmetic procedure like breast augmentation shouldn’t put the idea of it to bed just because of rumors and myths that say the surgery isn’t safe. With a little research, prospective patients can find that breast augmentation is a safe procedure and learn more about the surgery before they make an informed decision.

A breast implant procedure can be just as safe as any other surgery if the pre- and post-surgery guidelines are followed and the patient stays in touch with their doctor throughout the recovery period.


Different Types of Implants

Silicone and saline implants make up the breast implant list. Silicone fillings were banned in 1992 and used only in extremely necessary situations, and saline became the primary filler. Silicone was reintroduced to the cosmetic surgery market by the Food and Drug Administration in 2006.

A saline implant is filled with a saltwater solution after the implant has been put in its proper place. The feeling of a saline implant is commonly referred to as a water balloon, and the fluid that makes up a saline implant is supposed to resemble the body’s natural fluids for a more natural looking and feeling implant. When a saline implant is filled, it can be made into different shapes and sizes to find the perfect and most natural fit. Plastic surgeons can adjust the implant’s volume during the procedure for more of a variety.

Silicone implants are already filled with a silicone gel when they’re inserted. Silicone implants are filled with a thicker fluid that mimics a natural breast. The implants were taken off the market for 14 years before the FDA put them back on the market in 2006. The FDA then released its first report since putting the implants back on the shelves last year, saying that silicone implants are for the most part safe.

read more:  Silicone vs. Saline Breast Implants

Which Is Safer?

Plastic surgeons say both implants are equally safe, but they might recommend one over the other based on your body type and medical history. They can take a look at the structure of your bones and suggest getting the implant that enhances your figure better and looks more natural. To see some before and after breast augmentation procedures visit

It’s in the Patient’s Hands

Once the procedure is over, the chance of complications or hitting a bump in the road in the recovery process is up to the patient. There are restrictions and guidelines to follow as you recover to ensure a safe and worry-free recovery stage, and your plastic surgeon will be available for any questions or concerns you may notice in the weeks and months after your surgery, as well as for follow-up appointments.

While every surgery comes with the chance of complications, something as minimal as applying too much pressure to your chest area can cause an infection or damage your implants. You’ll be closely monitored immediately after your surgery to ensure you don’t develop an infection, but it’s important to be wary and alert for such signs at home, too. If you get a fever, this could be a sign of a surgery complication.

Rest after Surgery

It’s important to take it easy and get plenty of rest after the surgery, but you also need to do your share of getting up and walking around to keep your blood flowing and avoid blood clots. Examples of other guidelines to follow that can ensure the safety of your procedure include not showering until the doctor says it’s safe to, keeping the area around the incision sites and drains dry, not lifting your arms above your head, sleeping on your back at an elevated angle and to closely monitor any numbness or loss of sensitivity in the nipples and breasts.

If anything feels out of the ordinary to you, it’s important to consult your doctor about it. Using cold compresses for bruising and swelling is usually safe, but you should talk to your doctor before taking any pain relief medications. It’s also imperative you keep all of your follow-up appointments and attend them all.

Breast augmentation is a relatively safe procedure (though any surgical procedure has inherent risks–see FDA website list in link below), but it’s important to let it live up to that reputation by doing your part as well.

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2 thoughts on “Is Breast Augmentation Safe?

  • February 1, 2013 at 7:20 am

    Both silicone and saline implants have an outer shell made of a silicone elastomer, that is a polymer with elasticity, basically, a synthetic rubber. Saline implants are filled with saltwater, and silicone implants are filled with a cohesive silicone gel. You may have heard that silicone implants are not safe. However this is no longer true. Many years ago, the silicone filling used in implants was liquid. Liquid silicone had been used for about 30 years before it was subsequently banned for use in breast implants 20 years ago. In 2006 a fourteen year ban was lifted on silicone implants because new forms of cohesive silicone gel were developed. The cohesive gel used today is thick and will not run as a liquid does. Silicone implants are now considered a safe medical device. Studies have shown that Allergan and Mentor silicone-gel breast implants are safe and effective.

    Dr Rhys Branman
    Little Rock Cosmetic Surgery Center


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